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Sister Denise from Hendaye, south of France, has flown to Baba
15 July 2017
Our dear sister Denise took birth in 1923. She was the eldest sister of the French BK family.
During her whole life, she had deep love for God and was devoted to others. A nurse during Second World War, she then worked as a social worker and finally as a supervisor managing teams of social workers of her region. All this resulted in her being rewarded with ‘Légion d’Honneur’.
An anecdote which gives an indication of her strong love for independency and freedom, her determination and inner strength: just a few days before getting married, she cancelled the wedding. Not so easy at the time… A real Shakti!
Denise found Baba in 1988. Born in a very Christian family, she immediately adopted BK lifestyle and very quickly engaged herself in Baba’s service.
She loved silence and was always studying Baba’s murlis and only speaking about gyan or service. She used her home for Baba’s service.
While she was more than 80 years old, she decided to build in her garden a full house designed to be a BK Raja Yoga center and until recently, students from Spain and France gathered there as it is near the border. Denise spoke both languages.
Denise maintained a good balance between all four subjects and was an example for all. Humble, always eager to learn, she shared gyan with great tact, an instrument to give others real experiences.
A great soul, she was a great lady, refined and very smart. Everyone will remember her loyalty, her full love for Baba, her constant spiritual intoxication through constant study and churning, her strength and her very touching and/or hilarious dry wit.
The French and Spanish families lost an angel of wisdom and purity who will now share her deep joy and serenity with all the souls she will meet on her way in her next part…
Click here to download report in French.
Message from BK Nirwair bhai on the departure of BK Prembenji (Dehradun)
15 July 2017
Dear sisters and brothers of the Brahma Kumaris divine family,
Please accept hearty Godly good wishes, and special blessingful remembrances from beloved Dadi Jankiji and Dadi Gulzarji, who are both presently in Mumbai for health reasons.
We hope they will return to Shantivan in due course to continue showering blessings on all the BK sisters and brothers attending different Bhattis and programmes.
On behalf of beloved Dadi Jankiji, Dadi Gulzarji, Dadi Ratan Mohiniji and all senior sisters and brothers of Madhuban, we extend our heart-felt condolences to our dear sisters and brothers of Dehradun, Rishikesh, and Haridwar on the flying away of our very dear angelic sister, BK Prem Latabenji (also known as Prembenji), on 11 July 2017, at the lokik age of 77.
Prembenji came into knowledge in 1952, and dedicated her life in Godly Service in 1956.
She was lovingly known as the 'Undeclared Jagatguru'. BapDada had made her instrument to serve the Gurus, Mahamandleshwars, and religious leaders in prominent pilgrimage places of Bharat. She was adept at serving them and inspiring them to visit Madhuban for Religious Conferences and other events. Her speeches and magnetic meditations endeared her to not only the BK divine family but also all the religious leaders who came in contact with the Institution. She shouldered the responsibility of being Chairperson of the Religious Leaders Service Wing for decades.
In recent times, these great Saints and Gurus always showered petals of respect on our divine sister.
The very special pair of Sisters Prembenji and Achalbenji (who was one of the Main Coordinators of service in Punjab Zone, and left chariot some years back) were Baba's spiritual light-houses who had taken sustenance from Sakar Baba, Jagdambaji, Dadi Prakashmaniji, Didiji, Dadi Chandramaniji, Dadi Dhyaniji and others.
The entire family joins us in paying loving respects to our beloved sister Prembenji, and wish her all the best for her onward journey. We are sure she would play a very respectful role during the transition period of the kalpa.
Our thanks to Jayantiben of London for reminding us of the service Prembenji had done in London/UK many years back.
With Avyakt BapDada's love,
News of Sister Heather, Australia
15 July 2017
Dear Centre Coordinators,
Our dear Sister Heather of Baxter Retreat Centre, one of Baba’s original jewels of Australia, left her body quickly and with minimal apparent discomfort on Saturday evening after many years of cancer. Many of you who have visited Baxter will remember Heather as a part of our Reception team and always happy to have a good chat!!
Heather began her BK life in Melbourne in 1979. She recognised Baba and remained his dedicated and loyal child for thirty eight years. She spent some time in the Blue Mountains in the early 80’s when service began there and then spent many years in London which she always held very dear in her heart. She returned to Melbourne around 15 years ago.
Over her years with Baba, Heather helped in many areas of Baba’s task and was also part of the team running the Inner Peace Inner Power Retreat in Madhuban.
Heather had taken an extended trip to Madhuban, England and Malaysia just a few months ago. It had been a trouble free visit to see so many of her friends and Heather had an absolutely wonderful time. After a fall recently, Heather’s health deteriorated quite rapidly but it was only last Thursday that she was taken to Palliative Care from her home. It was great fortune that Didi Nirmala and many of Heather’s friends were at Baxter for the National Centre Residents retreat and were able to visit Heather during her last few days.
Heather's many years of close relationship with Baba prepared her for this final journey. The family of Baxter had looked after her with so much love and care.
There is to be a private funeral sometime this week and we will have a memorial gathering at Baxter following that. We will let you know details as soon as possible.
With special love in Baba's yaad,
Jacqui, Charlie and the Baxter team
HONOURING BRAHMA KUMARI HEATHER
Dear BK Family.
BK Heather left her body on Saturday evening and a private funeral service will be held on Thursday in the afternoon.
We all knew Heather and loved her for her wisdom, her practicality, her wit and her willingness to help.
There will be a Memorial Celebration of Heather’s life on Saturday 15th July at the Retreat Centre at 5.30 pm followed by dinner and you are all invited to share our love for this great soul who has helped in Bada’s task both here and internationally during the 38 years of her Brahmin life.
It would help with catering if you could let us know you are coming. Phone 5971-1599. Email:email@example.com
In sweet Baba’s remembrance and loving good wishes to all of you
Jacqui and the Baxter team
News of Shantamata of London
2 July 2017
Dear Brothers & Sisters,
News of Shantamata of London
Greetings of love. This is to give you news of Shantamata Mistry of London, Baba’s child for over 40 years who flew into Baba’s lap in the early morning hours of 30 May. She was aged 91. A few days prior to departure Sr Jayanti and others had spent time with Shantamata in Baba’s remembrance and just hours before departure three generations of her lokik family had gathered around her, so the soul took leave in an atmosphere of great love.
Shantamata came to Baba in 1976 at Tennyson Road. She introduced Baba to nearly all her family members (80-90 people) and inspired them to stay close and co-operative with the yagya. In fact, both Shantamata’s daughter Manjuben and son-in-law Nagin Bhai have been daily murli class students from those early days. It was Nagin Bhai was who was the instrument for Baba’s London family to have murli class in Dudden Hill Community Centre for many many years.
Shantamata as well as being a keen and accurate student was a dedicated sevadhari in Baba’s Bhadara. For many years every Thursday she would make a special toli called Peda for Bhog. Whilst poor health in the last few years of her life prevented her from physically being able to be present in Global Co-operation House, it didn’t stop her from staying close and connected, as every single day, without fail, she would listen to a recording of both the murli and the murli revision that had taken place in Global House that day.
Shantamata had many many friends and one of those was Dadi herself, who had a special place in her heart for Shantamata. She was affectionately called "Baa" by both the loikik and alokik family and her great grandchildren in fact, called her "Om Shanti Baa".
We send all our good wishes and love, in Baba's remembrance to such a special soul. A photograph of Shantamata is attached
In Baba's remembrance,
Sister Claude of Marseille has flown to Baba
13 June 2017
Last Wednesday, our Sister Claude, one of the old & gold jewels of Baba’s French family, left her corporeal costume to fly to BapDada.
Sister Claude took gyan in 1986, one of the first ones in Marseille. She was then a journalist. Very quickly, she got invested in service, especially in the ‘Global Co-operation for a Better World’ initiative and was instrumental for creating the contact with the wife of Marseille’s Mayor, met on the Marseille Exhibition in 1989.
Very creative, Claude had a lot of love for churning gyan, always able to find practical examples or scientific experiences to give explanations. With her refined and sharp intellect, she loved sharing knowledge with others, with tact and discernment.
Claude always was very attentive and careful towards her children who never came close to her spiritual family and remained independent, loveful and detached.
For many in the centre, she was like a mother. Generous and benevolent, she saw everyone, pakka or not, as Baba’s child, as part of the family.
She found a bridge with souls who had taken some distance over the years, understanding, consoling and comforting them…
Claude has been courageously fighting against cancer for many years. Since 2013, the body has been too weak to allow her to move and come to the centre.
After four months in palliative care unit, she flew to Baba on Wednesday…
Souls who have had the joy to share a beautiful spiritual friendship with her love her total absence of judgmental attitude towards others, her acceptance of each one with his/her difference, and her insight of the unique part of each one.
As she herself was saying, she had decided to go along BK path at the highlander’s pace. Determined and faithful, Claude was a fearless soul, filled with benevolence.
She will be remembered as the stick for the blind, guiding souls towards light with patience and motherly love. Also a good number of souls in Marseille thank her for her care and sustenance through her knowledge of alternative medicine and Qi Gong, which helped them remaining alert in action and Baba’s service.
Now that this elevated soul has spread her angelic wings, we wish her a wonderful journey, borne by our gratitude and our love… You had the wish to interview God so may you spend some time with Him now to ask all the questions you wish!
News of Rambhibhai Karsan Modhwani (Maaji) of Loughborough and London
16 May 2017
Dear Brothers & Sisters,
Our dear Rambhibai (Maaji) of Loughborough and London left her body on Saturday 13th May. She was aged 96.
Rambhibai was born in Bharvada, Gujarat near Porbandar, the eldest of 6 children. At the age of three she moved to Madagascar. After returning to India she married at age 20 to Karsanbhai who was serving in the Indian army. In 1950 she moved to Uganda (following her husband who moved there in 1942). They had six children (three girls and three boys).
When the family went through difficulties Maaji became very involved in supporting Karsanbhai in the business and also managed to give a very loving and comfortable life to their 6 children. Karsanbhai along with his community’s help was accumulating funds to build a school in his village in India. And one evening in 1969, Karsanbhai’s own servants attacked him with a machete for this money. Maaji intervened to protect her husband and was struck on the head a few times and nearly lost her life. Covered in blood and with wounds on her head, she stood up to the attackers, at which point they retreated and fled the scene.
In 1970 the family moved back to India. By 1973 the whole family came to the UK. In 1976, Maaji’s second to eldest son Sanatbhai introduced BK Kandhubhai of Leicester to the family. Karsanbhai instructed his whole family and neighbours to take the Raja Yoga course. Karsanbhai, Maaji and Manibhen became regular students and were in close connection with Dadi Janki, Sudesh Didi and Jayantiben in London. This was the first family in the whole Rajput community to come to the Brahma Kumaris. A little later, Karsanbhai moved to India to serve the community there and visited UK now and again. Karsanbhai left the body in India in 2012.
A BK Loughborough centre was opened in 1977 and Maaji and Maniben lived and served there. 1986 was a turning point when new sisters came to run the BK centre in Loughborough. Maaji spent her time between London and Loughborough. She was asked to join the London centre in 1988 and after a lot of persuasion, Maaji came to London to live full time at Tennyson Road.
From the beginning and throughout her stay in London, Maaji was a very pukka and regular student, she was very enthusiastic and would not miss out on any BK event charming her way to the front seat every time. She served a lot in the kitchen. She was absolutely tireless and very hard working. Maaji continued in this way in until she had a fall in 2009. Undeterred by her disability, she continued to help in the kitchen whilst using her zimmer frame. In the last two and a half years, her health really deteriorated and she was physically unable to continue her duties and came to live in Global Co-operation House. She was exceptionally well cared for by her boundlessly loving carers from her lokik family and the BK family.
Maaji has given a lot of happiness to all of the family. Single-handedly Maaji passionately introduced Baba’s knowledge to all five generations of her family. Maaji was religious throughout her whole life and when she was received Baba’s knowledge, Baba became her world.
The final farewell for Maaji will take place on Thursday 18th May.
At 1.00pm the chariot of Maaji will come to Diamond House for the ceremonies.
At 3.00pm the funeral service will take place at Golders Green Crematorium:
Golders Green Crematorium, Hoop Lane, London NW11 7NL
We send all our good wishes and love, in Baba's remembrance to such a special soul.
In Baba’s yaad,
News of Senator Shahani, Philippines
24 April 2017
Dear Centre Coordinators,
Loving greetings from Manila, Philippines!
Late Senator Leticia Ramos-Shahani (fondly called by the BK as Sister Shahani) flew to Baba’s lap on Monday 20 March(BapDada’s coming) 2017 after three years of battling with 4th stage colon cancer.
She came in contact with the Brahma Kumaris in 1985 in Nairobi, Kenya when she served as secretary-general of 3rd UN World Conference on Women. She fondly related to us how she first met the Brahma Kumaris. The BK sisters were the first to greet and welcome me when I arrived at Nairobi Airport. After the pomp and show of the conference and the tedious work of packing up conference materials it was the BK sisters who met me again, to bid farewell again at Nairobi Airport. They were warm and very friendly which I felt was a good send off after the Conference. I was even surprised that BKs and BK sisters contacted me when I returned in the Philippines."
In 1986, Sister Letty Shahani retired from the United Nations, returned to the Philippines and was appointed as under-secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and also to head the National Commission for the Role of Filipino Women (NCRFW) by the then first woman President Corazon C. Aquino. Since then Sister Letty Shahani had been in close contact and connection with the Brahma Kumaris in the Philippines. She graced the BK finale of the Million Minutes of Peace Appeal (MMPA) in Celebration of the UN International Year '86 with the then Vice President of the Philippines, Salvador Laurel and his wife Mrs. Celia Diaz-Laurel who chaired the National Committee of MMPA, Philippines.
Since her return to the Philippines she was the most prominent BK VIP contact and connection who served as a senator in the Philippine Senate from 1987-96 and became the first woman Senate President Pro-tempore from 1994-96. During her senate days she took Raja Yoga course and as Bapdada’s child she met Dadiji in 1989 in the Philippines, and in 1997 brought Dadi Gulzar to meet her brother the then Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos.
In 1993, Sister Shahani served as a member of the Global Cooperation for a Better World International Committee. Influenced by the BK principles, Sister Shahani initiated the nationwide Moral Recovery Program (MRP), which sought to integrate ethical values into nation building and government.
After politics she played a more active role in BK service bringing the BKs to meet politicians and women leaders, and to attend with her international and local conferences held in Manila. She became the President of the Brahma Kumaris Philippine Foundations, Inc. from 2010 to May 2014 right after BK Global Functioning. She was very proud of being Baba’s child and she dreamed of a BK retreat center in the Philippines so she sought the blessing of Dadi Janki to have a retreat center. Her wish came true and Dadi came 2003 to open BK Philippine retreat center which was the first in South East Asia.
For the BKs she demonstrated and taught us diplomacy and how to build partnership with organizations. She demonstrated great enthusiasm in sharing Gyan to her VIP contacts and colleagues. When given a chance she spoke highly of BK work and advocacy in the country and the world. A few months before leaving her body she was interviewed by CNN Philippines in her farm house in Urdaneta, northern Philippines. During that interview which was played nationwide she proudly told the reporter about her BK involvement as she showed the wall where photos of Shiv Baba, Brahma, Dadiji and Dadi Janki were displayed. She fondly shared the spiritual influence of BK in her life and how she found real solace in the practice of meditation
We remember her as a highly principled and humble soul who proudly incorporated and shared Baba’s spiritual knowledge in all aspects of her life as a politician, a diplomat, an advocate for women’s rights and as rural farmer-entrepreneur advocating care for the environment.
In the last day of her wake on 27 March before the cremation, BKs had the last memorial ceremony were Dadi Janki’s message was read, Sr. Rajni shared her personal experience with her and BK Jun Serrano, President of the BK Board of Trustees also shared how he learned from Sister Shahani how to lead mainstream BK Foundation work in the country. Sister Shahani’s friends, family members and close friends were asked to pay their last tribute as each of them put rose petals or a rose in silent thoughts of appreciation and gratitude for her being a sample and example of a woman leader, a politician, a diplomat and a spiritual student. Her friends and family members including the former President Fidel Ramos were appreciative and full of gratitude for the BKs' daily presence while she was in the hospital for a month and at the cremation.
We have lost a sweet sister who had been a very effective instrument in BK service in the country. We thank BapDada for the role Sister Shahani played in His service.
In Baba's love and remembrance,
Pankajabehn of Pandav Bhawan (Madhuban) Has Flown to Baba
8 April 2017
Om Shanti Divine Angels, Please see the attached photo which the details are self explanatory. Our floral tributes to the Bapdada's lovely and serviceable departed soul. BK Santha Krishna Personnel Admin Dept,
Tributes to Pankajabehn
Pankajabhen was and is a wonderful soul, always smiling and cooperative. It was always a pleasure to offer bhog with her in Baba's room. Lovely soul. Was also often admitted in Global and we always enjoyed her company even as a patient.
In Baba's sweet remembrance.
Pankajabehn was an incognito 'mother' to more than a few of us Double Foreigners. She was always ready to help, whether it was finding lost laundry items, sourcing a special type of sari or shawl, or caring for us when we were 'under the weather'. I fondly recall her taking me to the kitchen and preparing tumeric milk for me and I learned how to prepare savory dahlia from her. Offering bhog with her in Baba's Room, Pandav Bhawan, was always a powerful experience. For many years she also conducted Amrit Vela meditation in History Hall. Her presence in Pandav Bhawan will be greatly missed.
With Baba in heart and mind,
Kiranbehn, Brahma Kumaris Centre, Eugene, Oregon USA
SISTER AND FRIEND…
WE CAME TOGETHER MY SISTER AND FRIEND
WHEN WE WERE BOTH SO YOUNG…
YOU FROM THE EAST AND ME FROM THE WEST
TOGETHER THE DAUGHTERS OF ONE…
SITTING IN YOUR COSY ROOM
THE ‘TP’ OFFICE AS IT WAS KNOWN
CHATTING AND SHARING ALL THE NEWS
AMAZED HOW THE YEAR HAD FLOWN
ALWAYS INTERESTED AND OH SO CARING
YOU’D ENQUIRE ABOUT LIFE AND HOME
PARENTS AND WORK AND MY WELLBEING
SOMETIMES WE’D SPEAK ON THE PHONE
YOU WERE FAMILY AND A SPIRITUAL FRIEND
ALWAYS KEEPING AN EYE ON ME
GIVING ME THINGS THAT I MIGHT NEED
YOU WERE AS KIND AS KIND CAN BE
IN THE GARDEN BY OM SHANTI BHAVAN
WE’D WALK BAREFOOT ON THE GRASS
IN THE WARMTH OF THE SUN WE’D CHURN TOGETHER
AS GENTLY THE TIME WOULD PASS
IN THE COURTYARD YOU’D CALL TO ME
“CHRISSSSSSIE ..!” AND I’D LOOK AROUND
TO SEE YOUR LOVING DRISHTI AND SMILE
SUCH A SWEET AND COMFORTING SOUND
YOUR LIGHT WILL LIVE ON IN THE HISTORY HALL
IN OUR HEARTS AND IN BABA’S EYES
FOR IN THIS CYCLE OF LIFE THAT WE SHARE
WITH PURE LOVE THERE ARE NO GOODBYES….
Christine Mahoney, Australia
Binabehn of Kolkata Konnagar Has Left Her Body
8 April 2017
Om Shanti Divine Angels, Our floral tributes to the Bapdada's lovely and serviceable departed soul.
BK Santha Krishna
Personnel Admin Dept,
Demise of BK Chandrikabehn of Vileparle Mumbai
3 April 2017
Dear Divine Family, Please accept Godly remembrances. Please find the attached PDF file - news of demise of BK Chandrika Behen of Vileparle centre. Our heartfelt tribute to the departed soul. On Godly Service BK Yogini Vileparle Subzone, Mumbai